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Junior lawyers in brief encounter

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Cite as: (2005) 79(9) LIJ, p. 28


Junior family lawyers and barristers had the opportunity to share their expertise and experiences at an informal social event organised by the Law Institute of Victoria (LIV).

The LIV’s Junior Family Lawyers Committee organised the informal forum at the Republic Bar on 14 July.

Committee chair Lara Ruddle, of Middletons, said about 50 people attended the function. It was particularly popular among suburban junior family lawyers, who often didn’t get the chance to meet barristers face-to-face.

As part of the event, barrister Sharon Johns gave a short address on what made a “stand out brief”.

Her tips stressed the importance of a covering memo to counsel detailing a summary of the case and the stage of negotiations, delivering the brief as early as possible, organising documents in a chronological order, including copies of documents – not originals, and only including correspondence relating to the negotiations.

Ms Ruddle said it was the second event held by the committee, which was formed in March this year.

The committee is for family lawyers aged up to 36 years or who have been practising for six years or less.

For information on the Junior Family Lawyers Committee contact Kathryn Smith of the LIV Family Law Section at ksmith@liv.asn.au or ph 9607 9386.

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